“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog” is the way an old saying describes that fierceness is not necessarily a matter of physical size, but rather a psychological attitude. But enduring attitude can be backed up only by moral support. This is what our government today gives to our soldiers in the Line of Actual Control to bring things into control. The laying roads have paved the way for a war-like situation in LAC. Let’s appreciate the work done by the government and citizens in preparing the troops to cope up with the weather and stand strong in the upcoming lines.
The warlike situations:
Amid covid pandemic, the Atal tunnel is hustling with the trucks and troops marching towards Ladakh. The 60 square Kilometres of Galwan valley is being annexed by Chinese soldiers. And soldiers from both sides engaging in provocative actions are taking place. The army began preparing in July when it became clear that the standoff may extend to winter.
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Winter in LAC:
Usually, the weather falls to -20℃ in Ladakh from December to April. The tunnel on Rohtang pass that will save for transport of men and material sometimes may be closed due to snow and getting transported becomes difficult. The roads connecting Ladakh-Manati-Leh and Srinagar-Leh pass too gets blocked.
The government started improving infrastructure, providing storage facilities. They provided arctic tents, triple-layer snow clothing, socks, gloves, nutritious food, chocolates and dry fruits, portable kerosene heaters.
Though the soldiers are healthy and fit, the bitter cold may make them ill. Many air ambulances room around high altitudes for medical assistance. Loads of medicine and foods are being carried by IL-76 and C-17.
Though helicopter facilitates transport, roads are laid and passes are made because of cost-efficiency. The snow has to be cleared off by the work of BRO (Border Roads Organization).
Expenses on daily basis:
Though it seems to be effortless, a much higher amount of money is being spent off for the proper functioning of troops. The cost of an advanced light helicopter Dhruv to fly with maximum loads is over 7 lakhs per hour. A single brigade gets to feed at a cost of 5 crores per day. And we can imagine the cost spent for three brigades containing 9000 troops. India has to concentrate on bridge and road construction because of our irregular landscape.
Local support for soldiers:
“United we stand, divided we fall”. It’s time to show our unity and valor of being together. It’s the Tibetan refugees in SFF (Special Frontier Force) working as spies to show their gratitude to our motherland and soldiers working for them. Thousands of workers are rushing to lay roads on daily basis to promote transport during winter.
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During winter Helicopter cannot carry maximum load due to verified situations in Ladakh. The Helicopters are provided with helipads only between 5 in the morning to 12 at noon. This makes our soldiers difficult to come down from higher altitudes. The treaties being signed has a great impact on the non-usage of guns and bombs which leads to the expenditure of the physical manpower of soldiers.
“A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him”. The administration is well aware of the needs and is addressing those needs to enable the progress and development of each area. They are preparing for winter with a holistic approach and with the endeavor to give full administrative attention. Let’s contribute our support at least by avoiding Chinese products and goods so that our government gets financially strengthened.